Southie Beach Session | Boston Family Photographer

Is this a Southie Beach or South Beach, Miami?

If I didn’t know any better, I would think this adorable family is strolling the shores of South Florida. Au contraire! This Southie Beach is right down the street from their townhome in South Boston and I am uber jealous that this is literally their “backyard”.

This Mama and I go way back to my pre-kid days where we used to work together at Longwood Events. I left the company in 2014 after I gave birth to my first son and shortly after began my family photography business. Fast forward 6 years and Amanda has a one year old and is killing it at event sales AND motherhood.

southie beach session for a first birthday boy
south boston family snuggles in front of townhouse front door

I love a good front stoop picture.

We began their family session in their Southie neighborhood in front of their adorable townhome. A few family snuggles on the front steps never hurt anyone. I also love how personal a front stoop picture is. Your front stoop is unique to your family and there’s something so classic about that photograph.

mother tickles one year old sons neck during family photoshoot
one year old boy laughs during family photo shoot

On to South ….errr Southie Beach!

After some giggles and tickles on the front steps, we strolled down their adorable South Boston street and headed towards their local park. If you’re ever worried about a one year old’s ability to handle themselves at bedtime for a family photo session- incorporate a beach! Seagulls, sand, and water. What more could a child want?

family sits in the sand at sunset with their one year old
family sits in sand at sunset for family photos at southie beach

Part of being a lifestyle photographer is figuring out how to make the average place look spectacular.

In my opinion, no one would ever know that this was a tiny neighborhood beach in Southie and not a gorgeous beach in a touristy location. How does one do that? My three major tips are:

  • Shoot when the light is beautiful (golden hour)
  • Work those angles to your advantage
  • Shoot wide open (lower f-stop) so the background becomes beautifully blurred
  • Bonus Points: secure an adorable subject!
one year old boy in blue shorts sits on beach for first birthday portraits
parents kiss along a shoreline during family photographs
black and white portrait of mother and son
black and white images from a family beach photo shoot
family runs from seagulls during family photo session

I could continue posting pictures of this beautiful family all day but I’ll leave you with the attack of the seagulls!


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